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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Took the day off to celebrate the forecast high being > 10F, and rode Kingdom Trails on the fatbike. Conditions were a-ma-zing! Go as soon as you can.
    Be there Saturday- Winterbike! Can't wait!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Gorgeous pic Mtbxplorer. I would love to visit the Kingdom trails one day soon. I've heard so much about that area!
    Thanks! I'm 60-90 minutes away, but have extra room! If you can get up there weekdays I'd recommend that, especially in summer.

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    Be there Saturday- Winterbike! Can't wait!!
    Enjoy! I won't be there this year, report back!

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    Today's ride will be on the triumph. But here is yesterday:
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    Well dang.... they built a trail and named it after me.

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    Some people think we don't have seasons in So Cal ... a ride with the Trail Angels before the rain.
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    Wow, looks like spring!!

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    We had a steady increase in temps...we rode through puddles on the sidewalks and roads to get to the trails , which were hard packed snow.
    Hopefully the temps will continue to increase. It won't be long the trails are too soft and wet

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    ^^I love how you have campfires on your rides!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    ^^I love how you have campfires on your rides!
    It's a nice way to break up a ride and warm up a little
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    I love that too, finally I can understand why my dog is going crazy, the deer are everywhere, and their main trails look like popular snowshoe routes.

    I saw a porcupine Sunday when skijoring (apparently during cold snaps with high winds they get an urge to hang out in the treetops), 30 turkeys yesterday next to a parking lot, and 2 deer tonight walking to the bus in the capitol of VT in the blue light of dusk (I was taking the bus, not the deer).
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    ^^Nice! Some big waxwing flocks have been spotted, so there is hope for spring. But record low here for the date today, -14F. I would like to keep fatbiking, but some teens or 20's would be OK. Awaiting word on campfire-ability on the local trails, hoping to hold an informal event I'm calling Ride S'more one night soon.

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    Got lot's of vitamin D on my weekend ride. Still plenty of ice and snow but the sunshine and warmer temps made it so much better

    gorgeous day
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    crow vs hawk ... the crow won!
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    the guys grilled some steaks... i enjoyed some grilled mushrooms
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    Whaaat? More details, please!
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    just plain unfriendly and maladjusted.
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    It's so funny to see the fat bike photos. Meanwhile in the PNW our biking season started weeks early.

    Today's story. I've gone on and on about the women's riding group scene here, getting it going and all that and it's amazing what has happened in a year. We had our Betties season opener at the bike shop on Friday night. You know you are off to a good start when LBS owner (a guy) provides this:
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    Our little facebook group now has over 220 members, up from zero this time last year. Gals are hooking up with little riding groups. It is amazing. In addition to bi-monthly rides, the co leader has planned fit clinics, maintenance days, enduro clinics for those gals, jerseys, stickers... lots going on.

    Best part of this weekend is DH was out of town so I did whatever the hell I wanted all weekend long. Rode my bike, didn't do any chores, rinse, repeat.

    A few us planned to ride Saturday morning which was a fine plan. One the way home, I got a text from one of my best buddies who lives 1.5 hours a way. She got a pass for the day to come up and ride... how convenient a ride is already planned. So we did a few laps Saturday morning, then some of the gals had to leave but she and I stayed and did some more.

    I went back for more Sunday for more: one of my pals wanted to try my bike out so we did a few laps, trading bikes for a real test ride feel. I was feeling pretty done when she had to leave. Then we started talking to a gal in the parking lot who was riding solo while her hubby watched the kid - They were on their way back to Nelson and just had a few hours. I thought to myself.... "why are you going home?" (answer, no good reason to go) I sucked down a gu and a bar, and gave this gal a tour back up to the top (groan, one more time) and we had a blast.

    I was toast.

    Oh man, good times.
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    Such a pretty day today in Colorado Springs- it got up to around 85 degrees! The ABF (Awesome Boy Friend) and I decided to squeeze in a ride to Palmer Park before heading over to his mom's place for Easter dinner. Since it was so warm, I wore a nice light short sleeve jersey and instead of my usual wool socks put on a pair of light and slippery SockGuy socks to keep my feet cool (they say "Caffeine or Death" on them... hehe)

    Pedaling up the first trail, which is one of the few in the park that is relatively level, we started through a small rock garden. As I was on the downstroke with my right pedal I realized that I was going to have a pedal strike on a rock that was too close to my line. I pulled my foot up to back-pedal and thanks to my thin, slippery socks I pulled my heel out of my shoe! (yes, I ride clipless). Well, of course I figured if my heel came out of the shoe, then I should be able to push it back in again, right? So I tried to push down and put my foot back into the shoe, unsuccessfully, and in the process lost all my momentum, stalled, and started falling left. Managed to jerk my left shoe out of the pedal clip, landed off the side of the trail on a downslope and my left foot twisted sideways and completely out of THAT shoe! Meanwhile my right shoe, still attached to my right pedal, finished coming off my right foot and I found myself standing on the trail in my socks wondering "WTH just happened here????"
    I drank the 29er koolaid- turns out it was POWERade

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    lol great images!! I am wondering kind of cute socks you had on.

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    Mountain bike is in the shop, so I took the road bike out for her first ride this season. It was a beautiful day - just gorgeous. 50 degrees, bright and sunny, snow still crested the mountains on the horizon. I zoned out and fell into a rhythm. Absolutely glorious and, perhaps, the first time in over 7 months that my leg hasn't been in pain.

    The headwind coming back was evil - just evil, but we triumphed. And in that triumph, I pulled up to a stop sign and attempted to unclip...the funny thing about breaking legs/ankles is that they lose muscle memory on top of range of motion. Sure enough...I went to unclip...and it just doesn't twist that way anymore. I fell, slow motion style, in front of several cars and a bus load of skiers heading up the mountain. Luckily, it is the last day of the ski season and so I feigned being completely intoxicated. Many laughed and gave thumbs up. I rode up the mountain and, upon arriving home, found a nice patch of grass to fall onto.

    I will need to figure out how to solve this little ROM problem tomorrow

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    Snow is almost all gone... searching for signs of spring on today's Easter ride

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    Enjoying everyone's pix and stories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabrielle View Post
    Whaaat? More details, please!
    Dang! They went and did it. A couple of our builders put in a new tecchy trial and named it after me

    Penny Lane. It's fun - just enough spots where you need to make good friends with the trail to be able to do them. A good goal would be the whole trail without a dab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formica View Post
    Dang! They went and did it. A couple of our builders put in a new tecchy trial and named it after me

    Penny Lane. It's fun - just enough spots where you need to make good friends with the trail to be able to do them. A good goal would be the whole trail without a dab.

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    Ahhh, love the name! Congrats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
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    Are you doing privates with her?

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    The riding at Hartmans has been amazing. Dry, sexy, rocky, sandy, fabulous. It's been an amazing recovery. And being back on the bike a few months ahead of schedule? Beyond amazing. Dr. Griggs, you sure know how to put a leg back together!
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    It was also the first ride with the new wider handlebars? Amazing! I'm 5 foot 1 on a good day...And, despite my friends declarations that anything over 685mm would be too wide for me, I have to say, that 711 with a 35 stem rocks my world. Don't let anyone ever tell you what will/won't work for you.

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    The husband had fun as well

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    The next day, there were snow fields and corn on the mountain.
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    And the Kira bear? The best ski/bike partner on four legs? She was tired...very tired. Her brother, Dusty, was very tired too.

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    Nice pics and great recovery Snowgypsy
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    Today's ride: Searching for signs of spring

    Daffodils are poking out

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    Warm enough for shorts (finally) but not warm enough to melt the ice

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    Robin is worm hunting and getting ready for nest building

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    Pretty tired of postholing, but I can't bear to wear snowshoes to walk the dog in the woods in mid April. Anywhere from zero to 2' of snow at my house (the 1700' elevation delays spring), but at least I am commuting on the cross bike instead of the MTB with studded tires!Today's Pic or Story-p1060008.jpg

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    Here is DH getting fitted on his birthday present. If it were up to him, he'd be on his current steed until the frame broke. He's the primary income earner so swinging this as a surprise was a challenge but I managed it. There's a point where you have to let them know what's going on for demo purposes, but I was able to keep **exactly** what is was a surprise to the very end.


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    Quote Originally Posted by formica View Post
    Here is DH getting fitted on his birthday present. If it were up to him, he'd be on his current steed until the frame broke. He's the primary income earner so swinging this as a surprise was a challenge but I managed it. There's a point where you have to let them know what's going on for demo purposes, but I was able to keep **exactly** what is was a surprise to the very end.


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    Formica, you ROCK!! Lucky guy! I guess both of you are lucky!! This has so much the feel of Aloha!!!

    Might I add. This is a perfect example of it's not about the bike, it's the nut behind the wheel that determines how much or how little fun is had.

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    There was that awkward moment a few weeks ago that involved some really blown parts after a ride, on the way to LBS for potentially $$$ in repairs. "Uh honey... I need to tell you something. I've been squirreling away for yr birthday..." Fun times.

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    ^^ Nice!!

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    ^wonderful surprise!
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    Formica - that is awesome! Ride report? He must be so stoked
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    I didn't get to go on the first ride....I had to leave right away. So I'm here visiting mom and he's biking his brains out. I do know there was a mysterious chain breakage on the very first ride and that's taken care of. I told him not to get crazy. We do not need any more punches on the orthopedic surgeon's punch card.
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    Some pre-season trailwork today, handsawed a blowdown, pick-up-stix, drainage clearing, old signage removal. Still some snow and mud out there, so I have some more time to work on my adopted trails at Millstone before opening day (TBD). I brought my dog and he did not chase any deer- yay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by formica View Post
    I didn't get to go on the first ride....I had to leave right away. So I'm here visiting mom and he's biking his brains out. I do know there was a mysterious chain breakage on the very first ride and that's taken care of. I told him not to get crazy. We do not need any more punches on the orthopedic surgeon's punch card.
    Chain breakage, eh? Just as long as that's all he does. I'm sure your first ride will be terrific!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Some pre-season trailwork today, handsawed a blowdown, pick-up-stix, drainage clearing, old signage removal. Still some snow and mud out there, so I have some more time to work on my adopted trails at Millstone before opening day (TBD). I brought my dog and he did not chase any deer- yay!
    Our first club meeting of the year to discuss upcoming trail work is tomorrow - can't wait!

    Had a great ride today and saw plenty of deer your dog would have loved
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    Quote Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    Our first club meeting of the year to discuss upcoming trail work is tomorrow - can't wait!

    Had a great ride today and saw plenty of deer your dog would have loved
    And some pics of your dog's favorite nemesis and me enjoying this beautiful April day.
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    ^excellent pics petey! I love those turtles!
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    We rode in the Don River Valley, Toronto. Great turnout of riders! We spotted a fire in the distance and called it in. Always an exciting adventure

    Trails were hard (clay) and fast
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    ^ Nice! I love how you have campfires at the end of your rides - although maybe you didn't yesterday? We had fire alerts this weekend, since it had been so dry. No chance of that now - rain forecasted for the entire week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    ^ Nice! I love how you have campfires at the end of your rides - although maybe you didn't yesterday? We had fire alerts this weekend, since it had been so dry. No chance of that now - rain forecasted for the entire week.
    We had a nice little fire going after the ride. Temperature dropped by the end of the day so it was comforting. It has been raining since last night. Rain in the forecast all this week
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    Quote Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    And some pics of your dog's favorite nemesis and me enjoying this beautiful April day.
    Great photos! Did some trailwork yesterday and there is still snow and puddles, not to mention mud, so it will be a late opening day this year at Millstone. On the plus side, "Keeper" was a good boy during trailwork, and also did not chase 3 deer we saw on our morning walk today. Your turtles are cute, and nice action shots too!

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    We had our biggest turnout ever last night!


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    ^^Wow! Very cool.

    Our trails are not ready yet but I did a lap around the field yesterday to try out the new bikejor attachment. So far so good.
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    ^ sweet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Send the rain here if you don't want it. Seriously dry here.
    The rain is doing it's job melting the ice and snow .... so I shouldn't complain. But I will try and send some you some extra rain
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    Nice long ride and more signs of spring

    Wee flowers... first sign of colour
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    Fiddleheads are not poking up yet. Needs another week
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    Enjoying the ride. Sunny and blue skies
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    One of 6 bridges we crossed
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    Fantastic day
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    ^ Nice, cyclelicious! Are you wearing Shredly shorts? What do you think of them? And love your Stylus! I have to say, I've been having a lot of fun bombing around on my old Giant Yukon hardtail and am so disappointed that everyone seems to be dropping 26" hardtails. Not sure what I'm going to do when ol' Jack dies...
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    I ordered them on line. the Shredley's arrived last week. I like them. the 3/4 length works for me. Waistband is adjustable. They have a nice stretch. I followed the sizing chart and it was accurate.

    The Stylus is now my do-everything-bike. I was a little nervous going from fs to ht but since riding it in all conditions ... I'm ok. It is a little heavier (steel frame) but I found it's surprisingly easier on climbs. One adaptation I've made is that I wear a padded liner
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    Weekend riding and the continuous search for signs of spring

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    It went from spring to summer this past week and someone really turned up the thermostat this weekend. Everything is now blooming in earnest in the NE - it's about time! I've finally enjoyed some rides in short sleeves and shorts. Even saw a brush fire on my way back home afterwards from the park - sparked from a passing train. Not something we're used to seeing around here.
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    Since I have no kids at home anymore, and no family in town, my Mother's Day treat looked something like
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    All the ups were fireroads, all the downs singletrack.
    I'm not sure what possessed me to put together this loop. I'm incredibly strong this year... probably since we've been biking since December. I also consider it training for Seven Summits this summer.

    For the very last section, we split up. My hubby wanted to go check on the "cliff of death" section that we haven't ridden in 15 years, to see if it was as bad as we remembered it. Me, I went the other (usual) way which was fine until I got to here:Today's Pic or Story-small-big-tree.jpg

    This was really hard to do all by myself.



    Fun day, though. I managed my intake of food and drink really really well; stayed cool with a new neck cooler towel, and really had a blast.

    P.S. The Cliffs of Death are still the Cliffs of Death.

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    Wow! Formica! That's a *****in ride. Lots of climbing there.

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    Dang lady, that is a sexy bike.
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    just plain unfriendly and maladjusted.
    "Yes, honey: I do love this bike more than I love you."

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    Cycled up and round Innerleithen, just myself and the dog and a great day for it!

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    ^^Cool trail, pic, bike and dog!

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    They've been building some fun new tech trails. I'm not sure if building is the right term. It's more like enhancing the existing terrain for tech trails. DH and I have been having a lot of fun trying out the new lines. Here he is on the "Gnar-Wall". He's been up here a few times; yesterday was my first day on it. It's only 2-3x longer than any slab like that I've ridden before. I was a little heavy on the brakes (!!) but had a clean run nonetheless. Once you do it the first time....

    Anyway, here's the instagram version

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    It was a holiday long weekend in Ontario, which means an extra day of riding

    In addition to a nice ride, we discovered a patch of morels and we picked some ramps (will be tasty in a stirfry)



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    That looks awesome! So pretty and great shredding!

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    Rode with the dog yesterday at Millstone, and worked on trail crew today. Yesterday "Keeper" flushed a turkey, today he brought back a couple of deer bones. A pic at #6 granite quarry on ledges trail, and my boots - 1 after trailwork, and 1 after saddlesoap.
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    I'm not used to jumping. I did manage to get a little airtime (at the end of the weekend) on the Collector tabletop. But I still need to find that sweet spot of comfort and speed
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    You know that "couples ride" video that Dakine put out a few years ago?

    Well, this is my SO and I after a couples ride on Sunday

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    We pretty much had the DH tracks to ourself which was great because I spent a lot of the time sessioning things. This is my fourth time riding DH and my second time riding these tracks (not exactly the easiest ones to learn on, but definitely the most accessible - guess its a fair compromise) - I think I'm improving and it's nice to have more experienced people to ride with

    I also got my first downhill OTB out of the way onto some nice big rocks... neck brace did it's job!

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    ^^Ha! That last one needs to be a meme or in a caption contest.

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    ^^Ha! That last one needs to be a meme or in a caption contest.
    hehehe the last pic is my fave too!

    Hoping I can get enough writing done over the weekend so I can head out there again on monday for the long weekend/Queens birthday public holiday

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    Gorgeous weather for weekend shredding. The rain held off until the last lap today. I'm loving how my new sled carves the berms and today I felt faster and stronger win win

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    ^ Woot woot!!! Awesome, 'licious!
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    perfect weather and what a view!!

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    Short Story:
    Last night, I was asked to teach my first private session! Very cool. Unfortunately I won't do it. I teach as a volunteer under my club's insurance and park permit. To go outside of that under the table is a can worms I don't even want to open. I could take a donation to my club, but it's still my time I have to think about. I was very flattered, though.

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    Rides this week were amazing. It took a bit of sneaking to escape the storm clouds, but it was well worth it. Techy, rocky, teeth-shattering climbs followed by fast, rooty descents? Yes, please! We are actually building a new trail tomorrow!

    An extra 1K of flowy, surfy singletrack just up that dirt road! Pictures will come tomorrow

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    And new pedals! Canfield Crampon Ultimates. I adore them. Sticky and low profile - maybe a bit too sticky...

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    The joy of exploring new terrain and planning work days was tarnished, however, by an older gentleman/tourist eating a gel atop my favorite climb.

    I reach the top of the climb and prepare to continue descent #2 + climb #2; I have to pass this gentleman as he is parked along the trial. As I pass, he stops me...because my pedals and bike are "wrong."

    "Have you ever tried clipless pedals," he asks suddenly, walking towards me. "Or are you another one of those DH junkies?"

    Slightly taken a back, I say, "excuse me?"

    He actually grabs my handlebars. Now I'm uncomfortable.

    "Your pedals. They're wrong," he says. "Have you ever tried them? You probably haven't tried them."

    "I rode clipless for years," I tell him. "But I never liked them. And after breaking both ankles...they just don't turn that way any more. I race xc, enduro, and dh on these things. I love them."

    "You should be riding clipless. You can't ride this trail otherwise."

    "Well, I live here. I ride this trail trail almost every other day. I.."

    "If you were serious about mountain biking, you'd have the right equipment..."

    It went on like this for another minute (a critique of my bike, etc.). Then, I politely asked if he was done and said I needed to keep going.

    Let me stress that this was a complete stranger that I was trying to get past to continue my climb. And yes, these are the words that are shared.

    Awkward.This isn't the first uncomfortable conversation I've had with a new comer/tourist/second homeowner on a trail ride. It's very upsetting.

    Whether its surprise that I built that trail or know the area well, or negative remarks regarding skill/gear/etc...it bothers me, having my knowledge, skill, and equipment second-guessed. I hope that this is just a matter of ignorance and not a matter of gender (maybe he just doesn't like all mountain bikes?) but it feels that way.

    I doubt any stranger would approach my husband and critique/question his choice of bike/pedals. It didn't ruin my ride, but it did make me wonder if he would have been as aggressive if I would have been amongst my regular riding group...Do I wear my male riding buddies as shield against the a@# of the world?

    I went out the next day and cleaned climbs I would have never dared before. Take that silly people.

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    Great pix snowgypsy!

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    The joy of exploring new terrain and planning work days was tarnished, however, by an older gentleman/tourist eating a gel atop my favorite climb.
    ... As I pass, he stops me...because my pedals and bike are "wrong."...
    He actually grabs my handlebars. Now I'm uncomfortable.
    Wow, an extremely rude, clueless and privileged person He probably won't learn unless someone decides to protect their personal space with some bear spray.

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    snowgypsy- I rode clip less pedals for a few years, too. While I appreciated them in some ways, I didn't feel like my technique was improving and my confidence went way down as I was always stressing about falling and not up clipping in time. I made the decision to switch back to flats, and never looked back.
    I too have run into people who seemed to feel it was their duty to inform me about clip less pedals and how they'd make me faster. But, I'm not racing, I'd say. I don't care how fast I'm going. If I wanted to be faster, I could probably eliminate the arsenal of tools and kitchen sink I insist on carrying. I don't understand why people can't just let you enjoy yourself?
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    Moving

    I recently made the move from El Paso to Idaho and here are a few of the pictures along the way. I was able to make stops in Durango and Moab. If you haven't been to Moab recently, do yourself a favor and plan a trip. They keep adding more and more singletrack. I was there last fall and rode an entirely new 18 mile loop that connects with their mag 7 system. Thankfully both those trail systems hold up to rain very well.

    And Idaho... well, it's been awesome. The lake picture is actually from a hike in the Sawtooth wilderness... so don't ride there! But I had to include it because the scenery was so amazing. Don't worry... I did a 20 mile ride across the road first!
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    Where in Idaho are you? I ride north/ north central ID backcountry quite a bit.

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    I'm living in Hailey and working in Ketchum. This place rocks!

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    You lucky dog you!

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    Trails were too wet for DH so we did a local ride. It's been several weeks since we rode these trails. Whoa! It was like a jungle... the mosquitos were ravenous as well.... no time to stop

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    Hi I am new to the Forum. I love these photos. I will share some of mine.

    My biking partner is my dog. Sometimes My husband comes with me but he is not that into it. Here we are going down the trail.



    The trail got a little rocky.

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    Nice! Colorado? Just hazarding a guess.

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    Me? I am in Lake Tahoe that's where that photo was taken a downhill to Christmas valley.

    Mountains out west all kind of look the same.

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    My SO, Devo and I went hiking yesterday because we could not agree on where (or what) we wanted to ride. I put my foot down and decided we would walk one of the more remote management trails in the national park that we live near - because it's one of the only ones I hadn't hiked and wanted to see if it was as steep as the neighbouring tracks. It was overcast, misty and drizzly as we descended into the creek - then we started climbing... the sun came out and it was ridiculously warm and humid for the rest of the walk

    Not only was it as steep as the neighbouring tracks... it was MUCH longer! 2.5 hours to walk 9.7kms - gradients from 15% up to 41%! Anything less than 10kms is a short hike for me but those gradients really take it out of you! And I forgot my trekking poles so my back is not happy with me at this present moment

    I had previously considered linking the neighbouring trail with this one for some hard XC training climbing/descending... ummm. No. I think I would spend 90% of the time pushing my bike up those ridiculously steep hills - at least the descents would end with a refreshing creek swim

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    Did some fantastic riding the other week in Scotland, blurb about it is all on my blog

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    Thanks for sharing your blog link golfchick, and glad you are doing well since that nasty crash!
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    We did the first true backcountry ride of the season. Things are open due to low snow, but it is a matter whether the downfall has been cleared out or not.
    I was able to share a favorite trail with some friends who have been sharing trails with me. That was super fun. Plus, introduced a gal to the concept of a backcountry ride and she loved it.

    This particular ride is 8 miles along a ridge, with the opportunity to bag two peaks. The trails rolls right over a third. Then there is a four mile singletrack downhill. We still had a 10 mile ride back out.
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    ^ Scenery looks breathtaking, formica. I'm not familiar with the term "backcountry riding" Does it mean less-travelled trails? hike-bike?
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    What I mean by is any of that. Not well travelled, maybe not in a guidebook, definitely no cell service, not close to a populated area, usually many miles down a forest road for the trailhead; certainly you should be prepared for slow/no/self evacuation and carry the ten essentials plus carry bear spray, don't take stupid risks. There's always hike a bike, but that's not one of my requirements.
    As compared to an in-town, well used, busy, cell coverage, 911 just down the road kind of trail.

    Does that compute for you?

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    Aloha, continuing to enjoy this thread. Have ridden in Ketchum area, Stanley, Sun Valley. Moab and all over CO (mainly Crested Butte). Keep 'um coming. Being out here in Hawaii, it's a pain to travel anywhere to ride so I just keep riding here...........

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    We did another huge alpine ride this weekend, Seven Summits in Rossland BC (IMBA epic)
    After last weeks' ride I knew I was up for it... except for the record heat that hit us. DH convinced me to go, I said yes under the condition that I know I'm f*cked in the heat and I'd take it at my own pace.

    We got an ultra early start. The trail only opened about two weeks ago, and it's already moon dust. The scenery and flowers were amazing. Most of the climbing is pretty buff, and most of the descent chunky/rocky and pretty technical. Depending on who you talk to, it's "brutal" and "relentless".... and then you meet the local who does it in three hours for a Saturday AM ride. Hah. Not us. We loved the hard parts and had a blast on them.

    We each took a gallon of water and tons and tons of electrolytes. We made it through the day unscathed and ran out of water at the top of the last few mile descent.

    We got back to town and it was 95 in town. We went home to sleep in AC, where it was 102. If this keeps up the riding season will be over fast.

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    Just curious Formica- how far do you have to travel from home to get to these trails?

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    Pretty close. Seven Summits is 2.5 hrs, the one from last week our rendezvous spot it 1.5 hrs from the house. I live right at the edge of the mountains.

    These are out weekend adventures, not my "go,out after work with the gals" rides.
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    Searching for Elvis at the bike park

    Beautiful day for shredding at our local dh park
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    Trails were mint. Tacky and not dusty
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    About a dozen laps
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    Got faster as the day went on
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    Meanwhile back in the Village....Elvis was free range
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    And shakin it up
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    Elvis!! Nice. I sure wish we'd get tacky around here. The moondust gets deeper and deeper....

    Anyway, we went off on anther road trip a couple of weeks ago. This time we went into the Boulder White Clouds in central Idaho, near the Sawtooth area. These trails have been used by mountain bikers forever, and we stand to lose them as the area is up for re designation as "manage as wilderness". It's been a long fight, and one of the senators changed sides over to the Sierra club end of things and it looks like we are doomed to lose these trails now. Our trip organizer made sure to plan to hit the trails that stand to be closed. If you care to write your senator regarding this upcoming bill, that would be awesome. Every little bit might help.
    https://www.imba.com/alert/speak-out...ral-wilderness


    on to the photos...(some of these were taken by our trip planner)
    Germania Peak in the background.


    Looking into Chamberlain basin, Castle Peak in the background. We "biked" up to about 9500' (pushing up the grade for the last mile at that altitude!!)



    Looking into Antz Basin, 10000'



    Dropping into Antz Basin


    The meadows were amazing... they went on for miles...


    Fisher-Williams loop will remain outside the wilderness boundary.


    We spent three days riding around in here.

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    Good pics Formica!

    We got alot of rain in July but that's going to change. Heat wave started today.... rest of the week will be mid 30c (mid 90F+)
    Many of the dh trails at this park are shaded so it's tolerable
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    Thought I would share some photos of the weekend just passed... round 5 of the DH races for the local region.

    I was there supporting my SO as it was his first DH race and had my photographer hat on - so I perched my arse on a rock for several hours to get some shots Four ladies raced on the weekend. The track is notorious for breaking people and quite a few broken bones were noted during the weekend and the two open days beforehand.

    The mornings practice was shadowed by drizzle which made the more technical parts of the track slippery and greasy. They were going to call off the race but luckily the sun came out and it was awesome!

    It's my turn to get my first DH race out of the way in three weeks... kinda excited!!

    Heres some photos of the chickies!

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    White Clouds

    I was out yesterday aiming for a big loop on Castle Divide and then back on a trail the runs along one of the creeks. Unfortunately almost as soon as I dropped from the saddle, where the last picture was taken, I ran across a group with a hiker who had a open ankle fracture. We got him back up to the saddle and he was able to cruise slowly down 4-5 miles on my mountain bike. A motorcyclist took him the last mile back to there car.
    Consider writing your Congressman/Senator... Castle Divide and Antz Basin are special.

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    ^^Mountain bike to the rescue!

    Great pix all, enjoying the scenery and women riding!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kinsler View Post
    I was out yesterday aiming for a big loop on Castle Divide and then back on a trail the runs along one of the creeks. Unfortunately almost as soon as I dropped from the saddle, where the last picture was taken, I ran across a group with a hiker who had a open ankle fracture. We got him back up to the saddle and he was able to cruise slowly down 4-5 miles on my mountain bike. A motorcyclist took him the last mile back to there car.
    Consider writing your Congressman/Senator... Castle Divide and Antz Basin are special.

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    Aloha, Super coolio. Another reminder that we can all get along and help each other out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kinsler View Post
    I was out yesterday aiming for a big loop on Castle Divide and then back on a trail the runs along one of the creeks. Unfortunately almost as soon as I dropped from the saddle, where the last picture was taken, I ran across a group with a hiker who had a open ankle fracture. We got him back up to the saddle and he was able to cruise slowly down 4-5 miles on my mountain bike. A motorcyclist took him the last mile back to there car.
    Consider writing your Congressman/Senator... Castle Divide and Antz Basin are special.

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    Kinsler, is that your home turf? Wow. You also had much better light that we did for photos.

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